Drug supply teenager escapes jail term

A SUFFOLK teenager who was found in possession of a “drug dealer's kit” on his way to a rave has escaped a jail sentence.James Dove, 19, was stopped by police as he was driving through Lowestoft in the early hours of the morning, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A SUFFOLK teenager who was found in possession of a “drug dealer's kit” on his way to a rave has escaped a jail sentence.

James Dove, 19, was stopped by police as he was driving through Lowestoft in the early hours of the morning, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

In his possession officers found an attaché case containing “a kit to assist in the supply of drugs”, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

This included bags containing cannabis, two plastic bags, each containing four ecstasy tablets, a set of digital scales, a tobacco pouch, cigarette papers and lighters.

After his arrest Dove admitted supplying cannabis to friends over a period of time.

He said that on the night of his arrest he had been looking, unsuccessfully, for a rave that was meant to be taking place in the area.

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During a roadside stop he had supplied cannabis to a stranger who had given him eight ecstasy tablets in return.

Dove, of Borrow Road, Lowestoft, was committed to the Crown Court for sentence after admitting possessing ecstasy tablets and cannabis with intent to supply and supplying cannabis.

He was given a 120 hour community punishment order, a 12-month supervision order and was ordered to attend an offending behaviour programme.

Jonathan Whitley, for Dove, said his client had been a heavy cannabis user for some time and since his arrest had taken steps to stop using the drug.

Dove had bought cannabis in bulk and sold it to friends a couple of times a week.

He had put drugs into an old attaché case belonging to his father to protect them while he was at the rave and he was not a professional dealer. He said that Dove had intended to give the ecstasy tablets to friends and not to sell them.

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